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  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Rucksack Readers; 1 edition (31 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898481202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898481201
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 17.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gareth McCormack is a writer and photographer who specialises in landscape, travel and adventure imagery. Gareth's passion for photography began in the mid 1990s during a rock climbing trip to Thailand and Australia. Today he's a regular contributor to several outdoor magazines and has worked on eight Lonely Planet hiking guides. His photos have appeared in many prestigious publications and been used by commercial clients around the world. To view Gareth's image collection, go to

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Born in 1973 in Northern Ireland, Gareth McCormack graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1995 in law. After two years of walking and climbing through Asia, Australia and New Zealand, he returned to Ireland and established himself as a professional writer and photographer. He has worked extensively on the Lonely Planet series of walking guidebooks and is a regular contributor to the Irish magazine Walking World Ireland. His photographs have appeared in magazines, newspapers and advertising worldwide and he still lives in the north-west of Ireland.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stott on 22 July 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I read this short and useful book when our party of four had already decided to walk round Mont Blanc, and I re-read it after a hugely enjoyable tour.
What caught my eye at first was author Gareth McCormack's outstanding illustrations. Post-walk, I was equally impressed by the sound advice in the Planning & Preparation section. Yes, I thought, how right he is to tell people what they will be taking on!
McCormack doesn't labour his prose. Read him slowly, carefully noting such points as:
- assess your fitness objectively before you leave;
- start early each day for the best weather;
- check which cable cars are running.
Once you've mentally applied such wisdom to the context of the UK mainland, you'll realise that you need to be certain you can climb and descend a Munro on at least three successive days. You need to ask yourself when you last really did that.
The book makes clear that the TMB isn't a single line on a map. Forget about the official routes of England's national trails. Distance yourself from any anally-retentive bleating for clarification of exactly which stile Wainwright climbed four decades ago. The TMB is an experience, and there are many options that you can adapt to suit your party.
Don't rely solely on this or any other guidebook to get you round, nor indeed on way-marking alone. You'll need a compass as well as the maps listed in the Reference section.
The Packing Checklist is generally good, though I regard the whistle and survival bag as "essential" rather than "desirable". The Background Information on history, geology and glaciers, habitats and wildlife, and climbing Mont Blanc itself, are concise and well presented.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Essential for planning this incredible trek 13 April 2007
By roadtripper - Published on
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This is the most up-to-date guide I could find to the Tour du Mont Blanc. I'm doing the trek in July this year (2007) and this book has been essential in planning the route, hut/refuge selections, and for general hiking/access tips.

Combine this book with Kev Reynolds book "Tour du Mont Blanc" and the Rando Editions "Pays du Mont-Blanc A1 1:50,000" hiking map and that's all your need to take this incredible journey.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
could be better 15 Sept. 2012
By Ronen - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
The Book has a good and clear description of the main walk route.
The paper is thick and resistant.

There are several disadvantages:
1. The alternative and additional trails are not described (or not in enough detail).
2. The size is too big
3. The map's scale is too big
4. no recommendations on the different accommodations on the route.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 24 Feb. 2015
By Rex Breunsbach - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Great reference condensed format and easy to read
Excellent graphs and text detailing elevation gains and losses along ... 25 April 2015
By Catherine Ashley - Published on
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Excellent graphs and text detailing elevation gains and losses along with km or mileage to determine best places to stop for the nights.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but not much more 1 Sept. 2010
By Henri Savin - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I got this book planning to hike the Mont Blanc this year... An interesting book but not that practical. I got a better deal from the IGN maps I bought once arrived in Chamonix and searching the net for info.
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